Year: 2007

President Correa- Chavez Boy Toy
or New Revolutionary Hero?

Greg Palast 

Thursday, December 27

Palast on Democracy Now!

Greg Palast gets the exclusive interview with President Correa of Ecuador only on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. From the makers of The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, Greg Palast and cameraman Richard Rowley.

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Give the Gift of Impeachment

Greg Palast 

Impeach the President by Greg Palast and a host of journalists with smoking guns and good aim. It’s the new book introduced by Howard Zinn from the folks who bring you the Project Censored collection. Donate at least $60 for a signed copy. Donate $100 and we’ll include Censored 2008.

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Also: The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, my filmed interviews with Chavez, his opponents, even the man who took Chavez hostage. Watch the trailer.

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I am writing this to you on my flight back to Ecuador on my continuing investigation of Condi’s old oil company, Chevron/Texaco and its chemical war on the Cofan Indians. BBC, bless’m, paid my ticket down. No one has paid to get me back with the film. I kid you not. Please make a donation so I can bring back the story you won’t see on CNN.

I take no fee from the fund, but it does pay the cost of our cameraman, film, phone and hopefully, the return flight. I went down on faith and a good story lead. But I’d like to return on an airplane. Can you help? Donate $1000 and you’ll be listed as a producer of the next film of investigative reports – and get a big box of signed Palast swag. Help us and Zach can get the camera out of hock (that’s another story).

All kidding aside, we have a heavy schedule of investigations for 2008 – from the oiled jungles of Ecuador to the oily voting machinations of Arizona. Please, please, give a year-end contribution to our foundation.

If you were hoping Santa would bring you a waterboard signed by Alberto Gonzales, you won’t find that on our site. What you will get for Xmas for your donation are, “Just the facts, ma’am.” And that’s quite a lot.

When you get the gift of Impeachment, you’ll get the original disclosure of The Downing Street Memo (discovered by my UK press colleagues) and other nothing-but-the-truth documents.

Our entire investigative crew wishes you holiday joy; and we give thanks to our supporters who kept us alive this year in those months it got scary. And thanks to Zach for giving up his holiday vacation to film the latest horror show in New Orleans.

And my last message for the year: Peace on Earth. Good will to all men and women.

You got a problem with that, Mr. O’Reilly?

– Greg Palast
Quito

Karl in Kontempt

Greg Palast 

A Rove-arian cancer on the Presidency

December 14th, 2007- If you read US papers, you’d barely note that Karl Rove was just charged with contempt of Congress by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and you sure as hell as wouldn’t know why. The Washington Post mentions that it was Rove’s failure to supply documents to the Committee regarding the firing of US Prosecutors. What you won’t get is what Rove is hiding in those documents.

Well, I’ll tell you. Better yet, I’ll let one of the fired prosecutors tell you. For BBC TV I spoke with David Iglesias, former US Attorney for New Mexico. Iglesias told me that Rove engineered his firing, part of a grand scheme to disenfranchise voters.

The job of the Justice Department is to protect voters. Rove’s scheme was, instead, to harass them – especially those colored brown and blue – i.e. Hispanic Democrats.

Watch the interview with David Iglesias and law professor Robert F. Kennedy Jr in excerpts from The Election Files. Watch the trailer for the film here.

Also listen to the SoonerThought Show Podcast with Greg Palast for more on the charges.

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A Determined Voice Lost in the Wilderness

Greg Palast 

by Joe Garofoli
Greg Palast may be the only journalist with a New York office who works, as he says, “in journalistic exile.” There, with a team
chronbanner.gif of a half-dozen researchers largely supported by $50 donations from readers, Palast ferrets out documents and smoking-gun-toting insiders from Washington to Ecuador and uses them to gird his bitingly sardonic investigative essays that most American mainstream outlets won’t touch.
Why? Palast figures it’s because he mercilessly attacks the status quo. He was one of the first …more

Donate to Palast and he’ll sign
and send out gifts for you!

Greg Palast 

Just put down that credit card and no one gets hurt.The Palast Collection

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Reporting from the equator,
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Fear of Chavez is Fear of Democracy

Greg Palast 

Bush: If it’s our oil, why do Venezuelans get to vote on it?chavezwtext.jpg
GOP panicked that counting votes in Venezuela will spread to Florida

Monday December 3, 2007

The Family Bush can fix Florida. They can fix Ohio. But it’s just driving them crazy that they can’t fix the vote in Venezuela.

[Note: Watch the reports taken from the Palast BBC investigations in Venezuela in the newly released DVD, “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.“]

The Bush Administration and its press puppies – the same ones who couldn’t get enough of the purple thumbs of voters of Iraq – are absolutely livid that this weekend the electorate of Venezuela had the opportunity to vote.

Typical was the mouth-breathing editorial by the San Francisco Chronicle, that the referendum could make Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s President, “a constitutional dictator for life.” And no less a freedom fighter than Donald Rumsfeld, from the height of the Washington Post, said that by voting, Venezuela was “receding into dictatorship.” Oh, my!

Given that Chavez’ referendum was defeated at the ballot box, we now know that, as a dictator, Chavez is a flop. Of course, without meaning to gainsay Secretary Rumsfeld, maybe Chavez is not a dictator.

Let’s get clear exactly what this vote was about. Firstly, it was a referendum to change the nation’s constitution to end term limits for President.

fdr1.jpgOh, horror! Imagine if we eliminated term limits in the US! We could end up stuck with a president – like Franklin Roosevelt. Worse, if Bill Clinton could have run again, we’d have missed out on the statesmanship of Junior Bush. While US media called Chavez a “tyrant” for suggesting an end to term limits, they somehow forgot to smear the tyrant tag on Mr. Clinton for suggesting the same for the America.

We were not told this weekend’s referendum was a vote on term limits, rather, we were told by virtually every US news outlet that the referendum was to make Chavez, “President for Life.” The “President for Life” canard was mis-reported by no less than The New York Times. …more

Brown’s Fixer Explains How It’s Done:
Jon Mendelsohn and the Secret Tape

Greg Palast 

Boasted £11 million donated by Tesco cut tax bill by £20 million

It was a stunning admission. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s crony explained to the U.S. businessman, in evil detail, exactly how the fix is done in Britain.

Unfortunately, for Jon Mendelsohn and his partners, the “businessman” was, in fact, an undercover reporter for The Observer of London. …more

War Paint and Lawyers:
Rainforest Indians versus Big Oil

Greg Palast 

Greg Palast investigates for BBC Newsnight –
Chevron: “Nobody has proved that crude causes cancer.”

Wednesday, November 27 – Available on Democracy Now!

Greg getting in Canoe

BBC Television Newsnight has been able to get close-in film of a new Cofan Indian ritual deep in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. Known as “The Filing of the Law Suit,” natives of Ecuador’s jungle, decked in feathers and war paint and heavily armed with lawyers, are filmed presenting a new complaint in their litigation seeking $12 billion from Chevron Inc., the international oil goliath.

It would all be a poignant joke – except that the indigenous tribe is suddenly the odds-on favorite to defeat the oil company known for naming its largest tanker, “Condoleezza,” after former Chevron director, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Cofan Leader CriolloRice.

For Newsnight, reporter Greg Palast, steps (somewhat inelegantly) into a dug-out log canoe to seek out the Cofan in their rainforest village to investigate their allegations. Palast discovers stinking pits of old oil drilling residue leaking into drinking water – and meets farmers whose limbs are covered in pustules.

The Cofan’s leader, Emergildo Criollo, tells Palast that when Texaco Oil, now part of Chevron, came to the village in 1972, it obtained permission to drill by offering the Indians candy and cheese. The indigenous folk threw the funny-selling cheese into the jungle.

Criollo says his three-year son died from oil contamination after, “He went swimming, then began vomiting blood.”

Flying out of the rainforest, past the Andes volcanoes, Palast gets the other side of the story in Ecuador’s capitol, Quito. “It’s the largest fraud in history!” asserts Chevron …more

The Assassination of Hugo Chavez

Greg Palast 

Reporting from Lago Agrio, Ecuador
Wednesday November 14 robertson.jpg

Before The Lord spoke unto Pat Robertson and told him to endorse Rudy Giuliani, family man, for President, the Reverend got a message that higher powers wanted him to arrange a hit on another President:

“Hugo Chavez thinks we’re trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.”

Robertson has a tough time separating Church and Hate. But when the vicious vicar declared it was time to take out the President of Venezuela, he was simply channeling the wishes of the Supreme Authority, Dick Cheney.

I’m asking you to see the story they don’t want you to see in the USA: from the original investigations filmed for BBC Television, “The Assassination of Hugo”– a special DVD documentary by myself and Rick Rowley. NOT for general release – ONLY available as a gift to donors to the not-for-profit Palast Investigative Fund. Check out the trailer for the film here.
Why must they kill Chavez?

With the help of guerrila cameraman Rick Rowley (“Fourth World War”), I flew to Caracas to get the answer – from Chavez himself. I also talked to the guy who took Chavez hostage in 2002. (I had to wear a wire for that one.)

The answer is right underneath Chavez’ feet. Oil. How much? According to the inside documents that fell into my hands from the Department of Energy – LOTS of oil, five times the reserves of Saudi Arabia.

The DVD includes Chavez himself, in our extended exclusive interviews. We go over the Bush plans – for his oil, and for his “elimination.” Sing along with the crooning champion of the poor – or, as George Bush titles him, “a demagogue awash with oil money.”

Watch the film – from Caracas malls to the oil tankers by helicopter – the story I guarantee you won’t get on the Petroleum Broadcasting System.

PLUS two incredibly important reports: “Ecuador: Oiled and Despoiled” – my journey into the mud for Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, PLUS “Florida Con Salsa” – the theft of the Presidential Election in Mexico 2006.

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Hillary’s Musharraf

Greg Palast 

Mrs. Clinton’s forgotten fling with the Killer of KarachiHillary and Musharraf

He was the other man in Hillary’s life. But it’s over now. Or is it?

You’ve seen all those creepy photos of George Bush rubbing up against Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, the two of them grinning and giggling like they’re going to the senior prom. So it’s hard to remember that it was Hillary and Bill who brought Pervez to the dance in the first place.

How that happened, I’ll tell you in a moment.

But first, let’s get our facts straight about the man in the moustache. Musharraf, according to George Bush, The New York Times, NPR and the rest of press puppies is, “our ally in the War on Terror.” That’s like calling Carmine Gambino, “Our ally in the War on Crime.”

Musharraf’s the guy who helped the Taliban take power in Afghanistan in 1996. And, through his ISI, Pakistan’s own KGB, he is still giving the Taliban secret protection. And this is the same Musharraf who let Khalid Sheik Muhammed, Osama’s operations chief for the SeptemberBush and Musharraf 11 attack, hang out in Quetta, Pakistan, in the open, until Khalid embarrassed his host by giving a boastful interview to Al Jazeera television from his Pakistan hang-out.

And this is the same Musharraf who permitted his nation’s own Dr. Strangelove, A.Q. Khan, to sell nuclear do-it-yourself bomb kits to Libya and North Korea. When the story of the flea-market in fissionable materials was exposed, Musharraf (and Bush) both proclaimed their shock – shock! – over the bomb sales. Musharraf didn’t know? Sure. Those tons of lethal hardware must have been shipped by flying pig.

But, unlike Saddam and Osama, creations of Ronald Reagan’s and George Bush Sr.’s Frankenstein factories, Musharraf was a Clinton special.

And it all began with an unpaid electricity bill. In 1998, Pakistan wouldn’t pay up millions, and they owed billions, to British and American electricity companies. And for good reason: the contracts called for paying insanely …more

Bill to Outlaw ‘Voter Caging’ Introduced in U.S. Senate

Greg Palast 

In 2004 for BBC TV the Palast team broke the story of voter caging by the Republican Party now in 2007 a Democratic congress is getting to doing something about it, led by caging victim Senator John Kerry. Read about it here ripped from our friends over at BradBlog.

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Measure, Co-Sponsored by 13 Dems, Would Prohibit ‘Voter Supression’ Tactic as Used in Florida in 2004 by Former Rove Associate, Interim US Attorney Tim Griffin…
Brad Friedman- BradBlog

Thirteen Democratic Senators have introduced a bill that would outlaw “voter caging,” the practice of sending mail marked “Do Not Forward” to a targeted list of voters in hopes of using the returned mailings as a basis to challenge the right of the voters to vote. …more

Tasered Florida Student Gets Britney Speared on Today Show

Greg Palast 

Due to issues involving Andrew Meyer’s litigation, his attorney has requested we hold off broadcast. As this young journalist has hadmeyerandpalast.JPGenough shocks in his life, I see no reason not to comply.

Now that I’ve met Andrew, I can tell you: he’s not some sensationalist fruitcake. He’s a sincere guy with a damn good question: why not count the votes, America? Andrew will be providing on-the-ground reports for us from Florida over the coming election season.

Apologies for the awful puns.

Air- Greg Palast
The Palast Report on Clout with Richard Greene

on The Air America Radio Network
IT’S NOT THE VOLTS, IT’S THE VOTES!
by Zach Roberts
GregPalast.com

The student shocked by a taser gun last month at the University of Florida while questioning Senator John Kerry will be providing regular reports on epalastmeyer.jpglection shenanigans for Air America’s ‘Clout.’ The program, hosted by Richard Greene carries the Palast Report weekly. Andrew will be interning with the Palast team as a journalist in training.
Palst is in contact with Kerry’s office to see if the Senator will answer Meyer’s question on air – without an armed guard.

Meyer, who appeared Thursday morning on the Today show sandwiched between reports on Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey and Heather Mills, was the only guest who

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‘Don’t Tase me, bro’ student breaks silence

Greg Palast 

Andrew Meyer explains his motive behind event that led to national debate
TODAYSHOW.com
Wed., Oct. 31, 2007election

In the media frenzy that has surrounded the Tasering of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer during a September John Kerry forum, one voice has been missing from the conversation — Meyer’s. …more

BURN BABY BURN
The California Celebrity Fires

Greg Palast 

The ‘Boo ain’t no N.O.
Plus: George Bush, Flame Retard

What color is your disaster? It makes a difference. A life and death difference.

Dig:

Population of San Diego fire evacuation zone: 500,000
Population of the New Orleans flood evacuation zone: 500,000

White folk as a % of evacuees, San Diego: 66%
Black folk as % of evacuees, New Orleans: 67%Malibu Dancers

Size counts, too. Size of your wallet, that is:

Evacuees in San Diego, in poverty: 9%
Evacuees in New Orleans, in poverty: 27%

The numbers would be even uglier, though more revealing, if I included evacuees of the celebrity fire in Malibu.

The President didn’t do a photo-strafing of the scene from 1700 feet this time. Instead, we have the photo op of George, feet on the ground, hanging with Arnold the Action Man. (However, I’m informed that the President was a bit disappointed that he didn’t get to wear one of those neat fireman hats likePatricial Thomas, fmr NOLA Resident Rudi G got at Ground Zero.)

In 2005, while the bodies were still being fished out of flooded homes in New Orleans, Republican Congressman Richard Baker praised The Lord for his mercy. “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did,” he said about the removal of the poor from the project near the French Quarter much coveted by speculators.

But as this week’s flames spread, no Republican Congressman cried, “Burn baby burn!” to praise the Lord for cleaning up them ‘Boo, the sin-and-surf playground of Hollywood luvvies.

In New Orleans, God’s covenant with real estate developers has been very profitable. Over 70,000 families
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Babysitters to a Massacre

Greg Palast 

Let’s just forget about those million and a half Armenians slaughtered in Turkey in 1915. For a moment.  Instead, let’s talk about the slaughter of Armenians – in 2007.  In Iraq.  Right now.

Censored again – and proud of it

Greg Palast 

Project Censored 2008The bad news is, the Palast team has won its tenth-in-a-row “Project Censored” prize. For another story that Big Media won’t dare touch.

The good news is: we’re broke.

Last month, for the first time in two years, we came to you begging for cash so we could keep reporting the uncomfortable truth. Your response was astonishing. We’re out of debt – back to zero.

(Our crawl out of the red was also helped by The Nation Magazine’s Institute – which awarded our team the $25,000 Puffin Fellowship for investigative reporting.)

I’m back with one last (I promise) desperate plea for help. Now that we’ve made it out of debt, the Palast Investigative Fund needs your help to pay THIS month’s bills.

Please, right now, make a tax-deductible donation to the Investigative Fund and I’ll send you a personalized, signed copy of the book, ‘Project Censored 2008’ with my exposé on Mr. Giuliani’s friend – the hedge fund vulture who is swiping the debt relief meant for Africa.

Make your donation at least $125 and we’ll throw in Censored 2007 which includes our exposés on Iraq and Oil, “Bush Didn’t Bungle Iraq, You Fools!” and, the skinny on …more

DAN RATHER: TASED AND CONFUSED

Greg Palast 

The Still-Unreported Story of “Top Gun” George Bush

Monday September 24, 2007Click to see the larger image

New York- Newly unearthed records reveal that, in 2004, when Americans were in the midst of a brutal electoral battle over whether to reelect a president posing as a war hero, a commanding US reporter, Dan Rather, went AWOL.

Just three months before the election, Rather had a story that might have changed the outcome of that razor-close race. We now know that Dan cut a back-room deal to shut his mouth, grab his ankles, and let his network retract a story he knew to be absolutely true.

In September 2004 when Rather cowered, Bush was riding high in the polls. Now, with Bush’s approval ratings are below smallpox, Rather …more